Getting Ready for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house.

The cat (not the real one) is dressed for Christmas.  My grandchildren who live 20 minutes away stopped by recently to help me get holiday decorations out and up.

I had a list on the chalkboard in the playroom of our tasks for the afternoon.   First item was to dress the cat.  They enjoy taking turns crossing off the items on the list so that we can get down to the final item of snack time and book time.

They decorated the wreath in the kitchen with Christmas items.  Next was setting up my Advent Calendar.

Then it was Craft Time.  I had printed out some templates of Christmas trees and reindeer for them to color.  I thought they would put the individual items around the living room.  As they were working, my grandson asked if I had a sleigh they could color.  No, I didn’t.  “You can find a sleigh on the internet, can’t you?” he said.   Off to the computer and soon I was back with two sleighs.

The children decided they wanted to make a poster so did I have big pieces of construction paper they could glue their items on.  Yes, off to the basement.

My granddaughter thought it would be good to have a Santa to fit in the sleigh.  Back to the internet.  I suggested that I would print a Santa in color so they didn’t have to color it.  That sounded good to them.

Grandma wasn’t well prepared for this Craft Time.

Here is the poster my grandson made of Santa and the reindeer flying over a tall brown house.  Notice the fancy jeweled collars on the reindeer.

My granddaughter had requested a piece of black construction paper for her poster.  It is a little difficult to see the red house that Santa and Rudolph are preparing to visit.  I did ask her why she wanted black construction paper.  The answer – “Grandma, it is dark out.  It is night time.”  But, of course.

The children always look forward to decorating the “kids” tree with mini Disney books.  http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Trim-Tree-Book-Ornaments/dp/0786834587 There were also Dora ornaments, penguins, cats, snowmen, Care Bears and teddy bears.  My grandson divided the ornaments as they started – one for you and one for me.

Lunch time – While my grandchildren ate pbj’s and fruit, I read to them a few of their favorite Christmas books.

Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotten,  Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous  Christmas by  Jane O’Connor, Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotten, and A Merry Bunny Christmas by Rosemary Wells.  Another favorite is The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing.  Unfortunately it was checked out at the library.

All the items on our list have been checked off so let’s head to the Snow Village to play until time to go home.

Hopefully this year when they assign houses in the Snow Village, I won’t have to live in the hospital again.

Thanks for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox.  Soon I’ll tell you about some gifts that I put together for my grandchildren in years past.  I hope you stop back to read about them.

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